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Poster: Daddy D Date: Dec 4, 2011 6:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Mando, how's the cheese?

Just got back from NYC & happy to report that I did make it in! I was told the show was sold out, but there were lots of extras being sold (for even less than face value) & I ended up scoring a lower level ticket middle center.

This was my first SCI show, so I'm unable to judge whether it was a better than average show or not. Either way, I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

The theater (The United Palace) was one of the coolest, craziest places I've ever seen a show. Built in the early 1900's, it's over-the-top ornate with (to me) a gothic, renaissance feel to it. Sound was solid, all-in-all a great place to see a show. The hippies & freaks were definitely enjoying the place.

Outside the scene after the show was crazy--people sucking down the hippy crack (nitrous) like their lives depended upon it.

I suggested to more than a few people that they sit down while they enjoyed themselves. Most people simply laughed at me when I said that (not sure if they were laughing AT me or because they were, well, you know, on laughing gas) though one guy replied "Who the F--- do you think you are ass____--my father?!?". I personally witnessed two people pass out, fall, and smack the ground hard, though fortunately both woke up seemingly undamaged. One guy immediately went & bought four more balloons . . .

The cops finally showed up about an hour or so after the show ended, the nitrous vendors quickly scurried away, & soon thereafter the masses melted into the night, leaving behind a technicolor sidewalk layered with what looked like thousands of empty balloons.

I wish I had taken a picture. As I was walking away, I couldn't help but laugh at the irony of the scene.

I assume that the most in the audience that night would profess to be conscious beings, concerned about the environment, etc., but they certainly didn't give a damn about trashing up the neighborhood that night.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Dec 5, 2011 12:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Mando, how's the cheese?

Glad you made it!

"The theater (The United Palace) was one of the coolest, craziest places I've ever seen a show."

Absolutely. Saturday night was my 2nd time there, and I even though I was pretty close to sober(minus some herb, which doesn't affect me too much anymore), I marveled at the architecture as much as all the people who were tripping/rolling/etc.

When I first got there, I hung around the entrance near the awesome organ shown in the link below, while quickly downing beers since they don't let you bring beverages to your seats! It was pretty funny to see people's initial reactions to the place who were clearly tripping face.

The drug use was pretty prevalent, likely do the very strict enforcement of no drinking or smoking inside the theatre. I saw a girl light up a joint, and within seconds a security guy jumped down several rows of seats to make her put it out. A few people were able to discreetly smoke, but most people didn't want to take the chance, instead opting for some hallucinogen or stimulant.

A special brownie came in handy for me that night. The group of girls in front of me were on molly, the people to the side on shrooms or acid, and during a trip to the bathroom I found 2 guys doing blow pretty openly. Hippy crack made its rounds before and after the show, as expected, but thankfully due to the no drinking policy I didn't see any obnoxious drunks. I usually find people on drugs to be more tolerable than drunk people.

The whole drug seen at these shows has gotten really pathetic though. For too many people, it is obvious the drugs are more important than the show itself. I can't tell you how many times I've seen people at shows who just talk the whole fucking time, and never seem to pay any attention to the music.

Oh yeah, there was music played that night too! How could I forget? As for the show, I was impressed with their playing, but very disappointed with the direction they've taken the music, which sounds so different from the '90s bluegrassy cheese that I love. Other than a great version of Restless Wind, my favorite part of the night was actually a short rendition of Chameleon. Way too much electronic music for me though. Probably the last time I'll be seeing SCI, unless they revert back to a mostly bluegrass band.

organ:
http://unitedpalacecathedral.org/photos/WonderOrgan.jpg

other cool pics:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d8/United_Palace_Balcony.jpg
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/images/sigurros2_smeyne.JPG
http://www.nysun.com/pics/2414_large.jpg
http://www.nypost.com/rw/nypost/2010/07/09/entertainment/photos_stories/Cropped/united_palace--300x300.jpg


This post was modified by rdenirojb87 on 2011-12-05 20:28:15

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